SilverLine Rail Project: Protests Against Development, Says Kerala CM Vijayan | Latest India News

As Kerala continued to witness raging protests from the people against the leftist government’s flagship Silver Line rail corridor project, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday emphatically said that the multi-purpose infrastructure initiative -crore would be implemented as announced with the support of the people of the southern state.

Dismissing the ongoing unrest reported in various parts of the state against the laying of survey stones, he said such protests were against the development of the land and that none of the plans announced by the government would remain only on paper. .

The CM also accused the opposition Congress and the BJP of taking a stance against the progress of the state, but warned them that ordinary people were aware of their motivation.

“The opposition Congress has become a group that opposes the progress of the country. The BJP also takes a similar stance… Whatever projects are announced by the government, they will all be implemented with the support of the people,” Vijayan told a conference in Kollam.

However, the opposition Congress-UDF and BJP reiterated their position saying that they would not allow the Marxist Party government to implement the Silver Line project as the people of the state vehemently oppose it and that They would give their full support to commoners who are organizing protests in various places.

Opposition leader VD Satheesan said the UDF had resumed anti-Silver Line agitation and would continue to remove survey stones laid by authorities as part of the project’s implementation.

“The people of the state will not allow such a project to happen in our state. We are with such ordinary people. We will continue our fight,” he told reporters in Kochi.

Union Minister V Muraleedharan visited Madappally, a small hamlet in Kottayam district where police forcibly removed agitators including women as the protest turned violent two days ago , and listened to the concerns of the local population.

Later, the top BJP leader assured them that the central government gave no nod to the state authorities to implement the project.

“People will not allow the government to implement such projects. The Center has already made it clear that it did not endorse the initiative. No one can implement such a project by means of violence in democratic India,” he told reporters.

Strongly condemning the alleged police action against the people, especially the women protesters, he inquired whether the government was carrying out the social impact assessment by dragging them onto the roads.

Muraleedharan also accused the “overbearing police” in Madappally of being “pre-planned” as police personnel came wearing helmets and avoided their billboards to block any possible chances of recognizing them.

Meanwhile, protests continued in several locations across the state today, including Tirur in Malapppuram and Chottanikkara in Ernakulam district, where large numbers of people, especially women, took to the streets to protest against K-Rail officials coming to install survey stones.

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